I Joined Samaritans Suicide Prevention Hotline in April. Not many people know I volunteer for the hotline; I think thats because I too am affected by the stigmas of suicide. I fear that if I tell people I volunteer there, maybe they will think I was suicidal at one point in my life or maybe they will think I knew someone who committed suicide. Usually suicide ideation and depression are met with stigmas such as that a person doesn't know how to take care of themseles, they are unmotivated, they have no one who cares about them, they are lazy, not stable etc. However, having gone through Samaritans trainings, I've realized that these concerns are so nominal in the grand scheme of things. In reality, suicide ideation and depression is something many people struggle with. These people shouldn't be embarressed that they experience these thoughts or feelings, and they certainly shouldn't be subject to the prejudices and stigmas cast upon them by people who don't really understand, or can't even imagine, what they are going through.
A little bit about myself - I come from a tight knit community, where I've learned from a young age that if you need help, ask for it. I've been very fortunate and blessed to have grown up in an environment where help is easily accessible. A big turning point for myself was when I realized that even people in my situation, who are surrounded by friends and family, who are loved, and who have access to help if they wanted it, could still feel alone and could still feel embarrassed to ask for that help.
Therefore, I've made it my mission to spread awareness of suicide, and to breakdown the barriers between people who carry stigmas against suicide and those who are suicidal.
Please support my goal and donate to Samaritans - to help me further spread awareness and provide emotional support for those experiencing suicide ideation and depression.